Former Fiji Bati prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard is reminded of his exit from the Panthers regularly from diehard Penrith locals as he walks to the local shopping centre.
The Eels prop is now self-isolating at his home in Penrith with the only difference being now, he’s classed as the enemy, rather than the player with the moustache who every fan adored.
Speaking to nrl.com, Campbell-Gillard says he still cops it at the shops, with one or two diehards that gets into him.
The Kangaroos prop says he just had to bite his tongue at times.
Campbell-Gillard may be biting his tongue now but he’s expressed his newfound happiness with Maika Sivo, Waqa Blake and Kane Evans at the Eels more than once during the pre-season after a five-year stint at the Panthers.
Part of the Campbell-Gillard’s explanation for his Panthers departure included the topic of getting too comfortable after he agreed to a long-term extension in 2018, only to struggle with injuries and form the following season.
News of the NRL’s hopeful return on May 28 has been met with widespread relief from players and fans.
Campbell-Gillard was wary that plans could change without notice but was confident the proposed date would allow for players to plan with programs either individually or as a team accordingly.